It has been so long since we have stopped writing letters, that the idea of them now seem almost magical. I’d say, this thought is well deserved. Letters did have a certain magic to them. The strongest spell was that of the personal touch. A handwritten letter displayed so many emotions, passion, enthusiasm, sadness, and so much more. Today, writing letters seem to be limited to schools and formal letters. We seem to have let a wonderful and precious tradition slip away. Let’s bring it back!
What makes a letter is firstly the personal touch in it. The open communication it offers for the people involved with equal opportunities to share is an important factor. Along with its purpose, the format is also an important aspect of a letter.
Things an informal letter must have:
- Sender’s address and contact information on the top right hand corner of the page.
- Greetings to the reciever.
- Complimentary close at the end.
Here is a sample of what a letter might look like:
Teach and encourage children to write letters. This with help them develop their social, handwriting, and communication skills. Growing up, it will help them understand how to be assertive and being open to communication. As important it is for children to write letters, it is also equally important for adults. With growing awareness about good mental health, it is worth mentioning that letter writing can be a very handy tool in situations of emotional crisis. When done well, writing a letter can have a vast range of benefits for us.
Some tips to write an effective letter:
- When handwritten (hand written letters are the best!), make sure that they are neat. If they become difficult to read then it will hamper the purpose of the letter.
- Clearly identify yourself, and if you are expecting a letter in return, make sure you include the details of where you expect them to arrive.
- Use smaller and more precife paragraphs in your letter instead of one chunky mass of words.
- The language of the letter must be such that the reader understands and appreciates. Keep in mind your relationship with the reciever while writing.
- Keep notes of your thoughts before you sit down to write the letter so as to include everything you wish to.
So, what are you still doing here? Go ahead and send everyone a little love.
Alisha Phillips, the combination of psychology and writing. There are those who are appealing on the outside and then there are those who are appealing on the inside, she happens to be the latter. Don’t let her devil-may-care giggles fool you. She’s a cosmos of thoughts. An ocean of emotions and a novel of intellect.